Smoky Mountain Wedding Ideas
Erin Morrison Photography
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Monday, November 13, 2017

Romantic Destination Wedding in The Smokies

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Photography: Erin Morrison Photography  Floral: Melissa Timm Designs


Y'all! This couple rocks. Emily and Taylor started out as best friends (this is pretty funny as Taylor's, and now Emily's, last name is FRIEND!), which in our opinion, facilitates the most wonderful relationship. Both of these newlyweds were raised in Michigan, but currently live in Southern Indiana so they opted for a 'destination' wedding as all of their family would be traveling anyway. This sentiment is truly thoughtful and perfect for their wandering souls, anyway. Settling on the stunning surroundings of the Smokey Mountains, Emily and Taylor said 'I do'... but it wasn't without a little fun!

You'll want to check out Emily's hilarious 'fake first look', which was the perfect way to get the wedding jitters out and made for the funniest and cutest wedding memories by photographer Erin Morrison Photography! We fell in love with the dusty rose color of the bridesmaid dresses from David's Bridal, which ended up coordinating perfectly for this relaxed, mountainside wedding. Every detail was whimsical, yet elegant and we are in love with the rustic, foraged ceremony decor with blooms by florist Melissa Timm Designs! Check out Emily's fun interview below and don't forget to pin your favorites for your big day...


Couple:  Emily Lueken & Taylor Friend 

Date: April 29, 2017 


How did you all meet?

Taylor and I met in college, over a game of beer pong...that I (the bride) won!

Tell us about your wedding vision. 

Originally from Michigan and recently re-located to Indiana, we were on the fence about where to have our wedding. Our compromise was a "destination" wedding in the Smoky Mountains!   We knew we wanted to keep things relatively small and family focused so we kept the budget tight and really honed in on the intimate details. Photos of deceased friends/family were with us on our day and many of of other decorations/details were handmade by family members.   We are music fans so lyrics from some of our favorite songs were subtly spread throughout the space and we had live music played throughout the ceremony by my (the bride's) brother.  We went into the day with the attitude that we were there to visit and see family/friends and celebrate all of the great people in our lives!

Tell us about your attire choices.  

Attire was a hard one for us! Not being from the area, we were relying on weather forecasts from previous years to determine appropriate outfits. To our surprise, we had the hottest April 29th in a LONG time in Sevierville, TN.  The guys were very casual in jeans and button downs/ties. We made sure that the shirts we choose were very comfortable and breathable since we were unsure on the weather.  The girls were simply given a color (rose gold/blush) and ironically they all ended up agreeing on a color from David's Bridal, which made it really easy! (And I LOVED the lace touches on the dresses)  As far as the pizza suit goes...it's as simple as, pizza is the groom's one true love and I (the bride) have come to accept that! Plus, having the "pizza first look" as we called it, took some pressure off of the actual first look.  

What was the most important thing to you during the planning process?

Again, the most important thing for us was that the day was stress free and really focused on our family and friends. Yes, it was definitely still "our day," but with the amount of traveling our families did to come, we want to make sure they had a relaxed/care free day. We didn't want them to feel like they were just going through the traditional steps/timeline of a wedding. We wanted them to feel like they could sit back, relax, have a drink during the ceremony and enjoy the day as much as we did!  Our one splurge on the wedding was one that I DO NOT regret! We rented a massive cabin for the whole weekend for our wedding party to share.  Theyt did the traveling so we covered their stay. We spent 3 nights with our closest friends grilling, drinking, and just enjoying each other's company. On the night of the wedding, we intentionally ended the reception relatively early (10pm) so that we could get back to the cabin, get into some comfy clothes and have an "after party." This was by far the best decision of our wedding.

What were your favorite parts of the day?

That's a hard one...  Personally, my (the bride's) favorite part of the day was the beginning of the reception when things finally felt like they are winding down and we really got to visit and enjoy everyone there! Since we had moved to Indiana, we were seeing some of these people for the first time in 2 years and it was just a really big plus to be able to spend some time together.  I also really loved seeing Taylor's reaction to the pizza costume! 

Tell us about your wedding flowers.

The flowers that we got from Melissa Timm Designs blew us away!!! She was so easy to work with, budget friendly, and really took my inspiration and "pinspiration" into consideration the designing every aspect of the space. The hair piece she made was so beautiful and was so easy to get into my hair!

Tell us about your wedding cake.

Again, we can't say enough about our vendors! Coming from out of town made me very nervous about these types of details. But, Confectionista's Kitchen was again, very budget friendly and the cake was AMAZING! Especially the strawberry cupcakes!

What did you do for favors?

For favors, we ordered little succulents and had them placed throughout the venue with little "thank you" and "let love grow" notes in them. Even with people traveling, they were a big hit! (And they helped decorate the space at a budget-friendly price!)

What advice do you have for couples currently planning their wedding?

Hire a day of planner!  Splurge on that one detail you know is important!  Hire an awesome photographer!!!  Amanda Graves from Southern Bliss was our day of planner and I cannot tell you how easy she made it for us! Between her and our photographer, Erin Morrison they kept us on track and organized throughout the day!  Splurge on that one (or two) things! Coming from probably the most budget-sensitive person EVER...I can say that our splurge on the cabin was well worth it! You don't have to spend $20,000-$30,000 to get your dream day. And honestly, it's over so quickly, by the end of the day you're wondering where the last 1.5 years of planning and your savings account went! lol So splurge on those one or two things and let the rest fall into your budget!  Last but definitely not least, hire an awesome photographer!!! This is the person who will be guiding you through your day, helping to organize your timeline, wiping your nephew's boogers off your dress... so DO NOT hire just anyone! The first communications we had with Erin were through email, but we instantly knew that she was our photographer! She worked within our budget, kept me very organized, and checked in regularly. Not to mention, after the day is over and you're recovering from your honeymoon hangovers, you get to cherish these photos forever...so don't skimp out here! This may just be your splurge area, but it will be well worth it!


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We adore thse sweet mismatched bridesmaid dresses paired with these gorgeous florals from Melissa Timm Designs! Simply Perfect 

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Photography: Erin Morrison Photography | Ceremony Venue: The Barn at Chestnut Springs | Reception Venue: The Barn at Chestnut Springs | Event Planning: Southern Bliss Weddings | Floral: Melissa Timm Designs | Catering: Buddy's BBQ | Stationery: Minted | Wedding Cake: Confectionista's Kitchen | Favors: The Succulent Source | Hair: Lashes & Lace | Makeup: Kendra Brelage | Wedding Dress: David's Bridal | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal

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